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A tour to the coastal south of Albania.  With its perfect view, will make you fell like somewhere in blue islands. You will have to travell max 5 hours, but short breaks on the way and emotions will not let you feel tired. Accommodation is provided in hotels and some of meals by seaside with the perfect sunset. 

 

   

 

 

Short description:

 


 

DURATION: 8 Days
TRIP CODE: D8-CCW
GROUP SIZE: 4-12(max)
MIN AGE: 10 Years old
MAX ALTITUDE: 1400m
ACCOMODATION: Hotel x 7 nts
MEALS: 7 breakfasts 6 lunches 7 dinners
DEPARTS: March until October
JOINING POINT: Tirana Airport
IMPORTANT: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

 

Brief Itinerary: 

 


 

DAY 1
Tirane-Himare
Time: 5h 7min
Distance: 243 km

 

 

 

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DAY 1

Tirana, the vibrant capital, and Vlora. After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. Founded in 1614, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 and is the main cultural and industrial centre of Albania. The city boulevards are marked with fascinating relics of the Ottoman, Italian and communist past. Tirana has changed incredibly in the last twenty years, from the dull, gray city it once was. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colorful, simply fascinating. After a short rest, a sightseeing mini-tour in downtown Tirana including visits of Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Tanners’ Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve) and the Mosaic of Tirana (old Roman villa transformed into a paleochristian church and now representing the oldest surviving remains in Tirana city). Then a coffee or drink will precede the departure for Vlora. In the coastal city we will have a dinner "A la carte" in a nice restaurant where you will choose your favorite dishes and afterwards accommodation in a 3 star hotel Wt 2 h. 

DAY 2

Cycling from Brataj to Borsh. 40 km, G2( Brataj - Kuç) and G3 (Kuç - Borsh)5 h, Am↑380 m, Dm↓710 m. Right after breakfast drive for almost 50 km until the starting point of the bike trip, near Brataj village, at 300 m above sea level. There we will get the bicycles and continue southeast for 20 km over a road that has an old and badly damaged tarmac. Several short breaks are planned during the ride. The way is unexposed and the slope increases up to the village Kuç, at 550 m altitude. Departing from Kuç we follow the sometimes exposed road that winds down around the slope of the mountain for another 20 km, surrounded by vegetation until we arrive at the village Borsh. Here we’ll have a break and then hike up a 300 m hill, on top of which the ancient castle of Borsh which dates back to the 4th century BC, is situated. In the village we’ll have dinner ‘à la carte’ and will be accommodated in a hotel with a very beautiful view over the coast. On demand we can ride to the beach of Borshi and take some time for a swim in the clean water of the Ionian Sea. 

DAY 3

Biking from Borsh to Pilur and Himara. 26 km, G3, 4 h, Am ↑600 m, Dm ↓700m. Today’s trip is more demanding since includes more up-and downhill cycling on unpaved roads. The road is mostly exposed and sometimes quite steep. Early in the morning we leave Borshi, ride in the direction of Qeparo and then head north by the stream of Kudhes. Close to the village with the same name, we turn right and ride uphill until we arrive at the village of Pilur at 700 m above sea level. Here we’ll stop and have lunch. A short visit of the village and a breathtaking view of the coast from this altitude will be a rare experience. Then we’ll ride downhill to the town of Himara, a small cradle of history and heritage in southwestern Albania. Here we’ll visit the old town and have a walk by the waterfront of Himara. Dinner "A la carte" and accommodation will be in a hotel in Himara. 

DAY 4

Kayaking from Himara to Jali. 7 km, 5 h On this day we will visit several beautiful small beaches that are almost exclusively accessible from the sea. After breakfast we leave Himara and mount on our kayaks to head south for the beach of Filikuri, which is a small bay not far from the town, noted for its crystal clear waters. A short rest and a swim here will be followed by paddling north towards Livadhi beach, where we’ll have lunch in a restaurant by the seaside. After meal we continue our tour and have a shot stop in the small “Aquarium” bay (Akuariumi), which has taken its name from its surrounding and water’s similarity to an aquarium. Leaving behind the “Aquarium”, we reach Jali Bay. Dinner ‘à la carte’ and accommodation will be organized in a hotel by the beach. On demand we can paddle a little further north up to some small isolated beaches in Jali’s vicinity. 

DAY 5

Walking from Jali to Dhërmi. T 2, Wt 5h, Am↑300 Dm ↓100 This day is based on walking and starts by following the path from Jal to Ngjipe Canyon. The canyon is around 2 km long, 100 meters deep and opens to the sea coast to form a wonderful gravel beach with crystal clear water. The canyon cliffs and rocky faces are appropriate for rock climbing. On the beach we will have a swim, snack and then follow the path west, to the ruins of Saint Theodore’s monastery. Below the cliffs of the monastery, lies the Pirates’ cave, a natural monument. After a short break we will follow the trail to Dhërmi. The accommodation and dinner are planned in a restaurant and hotel on a hill overlooking the coast.

DAY 6

Llogara National Park (800 -1400 m). T2, Wt. 5 h, Hm↑300, Hm ↓300 After breakfast, drive to the National Park of Llogara. On the way a short sightseeing visit is planned in the village of Dhërmi. The day will include hikes and strolls on trails of the Llogara park, surrounded by dense vegetation of pines. The paths are partially shadowed by tall trees, and terrain is easy and unexposed. The park is noted for its rich variety of flora and fauna, fresh and cool air even during the hottest summer days. Beautiful panoramic views of the Gulf of Vlora can be enjoyed from the park. The lunch will be offered in the form of a snack during the walk, while the accommodation and dinner will be in a hotel in the park. 

DAY 7

Boat trip around Karaburun Peninsula After breakfast, we will be transferred to the port of Orikum, where the tour of day starts. Karaburun is known for its abundant nature attractions and its various archaeological discoveries. The first stop is at the north end of the peninsula, where the 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high and 9.5 meters wide cave of Haji Ali (Haxhi Ali) is found. For a long time, it served as the base in the wars against the military vessels of Venice, France and England. If the sea conditions permit, you can visit the cave. Then we continue to the Sazan island, a former cold war naval base, opened last year for the first time to the public. Another bathing break is planned at the bay of Saint Vasil which lies on the eastern side of the Karaburun peninsula. In the afternoon we’ll return back to Oricum marina and then drive to Vlora, where we’ll have dinner "A la carte" in a fine restaurant, and drive back to the capital, Tirana. You are free to enjoy the nightlife in any of several pubs and night clubs of downtown Tirana. 

DAY 8

 Departure after the breakfast.

Dates and Prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED

 


What's included
* English-speaking local guide
* Group airport transfers
* All meals throughout the holiday
* All land transport required by the itinerary
* National park entrance fees
* All excursions mentioned in the itinerary.

 

What's not included
* Travel insurance
* Visas
* Airport taxes
* Airport transfers other than group transfers
* Extra activities and excursions
* Tips for local staff
* Miscellaneous personal expenditure

 

SUPPLEMENTS

 


Rooming on tour & Single Room Option (Not applicable to self-guided holidays).
Most group tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same gender. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these tours a single room will be provided at some of the night-stops but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. If, for whatever reason, we are unable to provide a single room as outlined in the Trip Notes, we will refund a proportion of the supplement paid to us for the Single Room Option.

 

Where you are able to purchase a single room, the price does not necessarily guarantee you a single room for every night of the tour.
All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travelers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

 

Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.

 

 

PRE POST TOUR SERVICE

 


Transfers
If you need a pre tour transfer from the airport to the hotel, or the other way around Post tour transfer, from the hotel to the airport, please let us know sending by email your request. After we will make all the arrangement for you.

 

Accommodations
If your flight comes days in advance, or you want to stay longer than other participants of your tour, we can arrange the accommodation for you. If you are interested please send us a request to the follow email address: info@ivisitalbania.com

 

DATA

 


Please send us an email at info@ivisitalbania.com, asking for availability.



Participants & Transit
I Visit Albania consciously chooses to travel in small groups. For this trip, the maximum 16 participants. We guarantee a trip based on the minimum number of permanent participants. This destination is that a minimum of 6 participants. A journey can already with fewer participants are guaranteed. The minimum age for these trips is 18 years.

 

100% No Surcharge Guarantee
Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators.

 

Tour Prices
Tour prices shown on this website are a guide only. For flight-inclusive group tours the selling price at the time you book your holiday could be different to that shown here, due to current flight availability. Please refer to the trip notes for details of what is included in the cost.

 

Tour Durations
The tour duration shown above is based on the Land Only length of the tour. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the tour may be longer.

 

Tour Itineraries
Please be aware that the specific itinerary on some of our tours may differ depending on departure date. Please check the relevant trip notes for the most up-to-date information regarding the trip itinerary.

 

Child Prices
Child prices applicable for ages 11 and under at time of travel. (Not applicable to self-guided holidays as these are currently sold to adults only).

 

Price Changes
Any changes to prices will be kept updated on this web page, in accordance with above.

Tour Information

ACCOMMODATION

 


During this trip we stay in different types of accommodation which are always attractive and nicely situated. We stay mostly in small hotels.
Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.
Accommodation and service levels in Albania are generally very good. We try to use smaller, family-run hotels and pensions that might not offer the same luxuries as larger chain-style hotels, but they do provide a warm welcome, a comfortable place to stay and the chance to gain a better understanding of local life.

 

ROOM LAYOUT AND SINGLE

 


* If you go, you do not pay extra fee for traveling alone. We or assume that you are sharing a room (or tent if applicable) with a fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxx, - additional books a single room.
* If you travel as a couple, share together a room (or tent). You can choose between a 'twin' or a 'double'. A twin room has two twin beds; one has a double bed. Some hotels only have twin rooms and sometimes all doubles have been forgiven so you still have two twin beds.
* If you travel with three of them, two people sharing a double or 'twin' room (or tent) and one participant is assigned to a twin room (or tent) with another fellow traveler of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, you can for € xxxxxx, - additional books a single room.

When making the reservation you can specify what kind of room layout you desire.

 

 

BUDGET INFO

 


You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The reference amount of pocket money for this trip is € 250, - per person. This amount is an average of what travelers in recent years have spent during this trip to meals and refreshments, additional excursions, entrance fees, any local airport taxes and gratuities. Of course, your own spending habits this also decisive. Souvenirs are therefore not included. During the trip several (optional) excursions, you spot (using the tour leader) can book. If a better excursion can be booked in advance, then it will be listed in the itinerary and on the booking form. So you can still give your group an individual accent.Food
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

 

Light lunch £: 4.00
Dinner £: 10.00

 

Drink
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

 

Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.50

 

OPTIONAL - EXURSIONS

 


Some free time has been allowed for you to explore on your own or with your travelling companions.

 

TIPPING - TOUR LEADER

 


At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
The amount 20 euro, of tipping is a directive except the tips of the Dutch or local tour guide. Travelling is common to eg. Drivers, cooks and guides to tip. Gratuities are often an indispensable supplement to the income, which is usually a whole family depends. In many cases you can give a tip itself. Common expenses (group tips, entrance fees, etc.) are usually paid from the joint pot for which a contribution is requested to all participants. When you are satisfied with the tour leader yourself, you like him / her, of course, give a tip.

 

TIPPING - LOCAL CREW

 


Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approx. €20 for tipping.

 

In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group’s tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Preparation

PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR
At least one set of casual / non-walking clothes will be useful for wearing in hotels on this holiday. Whilst walking you must not worry about how you look: comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Because mountain weather is so very variable, we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The following list is our suggested guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment.
 
 
 
RESERVING YOUR PLACE
 
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the I Visit Albania website. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours. For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services. The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. 100% No Surcharge Guarantee The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.
 
 
ESSENTIAL INFO

Passport Information You need a passport to return six months validity. Vaccinations and Visa The visa is issued on arrival in Albania and is free of charge. As a traveler, you are responsible to have the correct travel documents. No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand. There are no specific health risks. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
 
DOCUMENTS
• Passport - including appropriate visas
• Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
• Airline tickets (or printouts of your e-tickets with the airline booking reference)
• Travel insurance details
• Emergency contact numbers
• Trip dossier
• Credit cards/ traveller’s cheques
 
 
 
EATING AND DRINKING

Food in Albania is quite varied thanks to the many influences on the country, particularly Mediterranean, combining both Turkish and European tastes. Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in almost every meal, usually locally sourced. Meals are reasonably priced at 10-15 euros per person for traditional dishes including baked rice, casseroles, stuffed aubergine and jani meat (beef or lamb sauteed with onions, garlic and spices). Fresh fish is also plentiful and is an important ingredient in many dishes. We reccommend sampling Tirana stew, Elbasani yoghurt and baked phyllo pie. For dessert Baklava is very popular. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening. WEATHER & SEASONALITY Albania generally experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25degC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30degC. It becomes cooler further inland towards Korca during these months, especially in the evenings with high temperatures around 25degC. There is always the small chance of rain in the mountains yet we aim not to travel in the coldest and wettest months, which are November to January. Berat also experiences a Mediterranean climate but thanks to its location in the shadow of Mt Tomorr, summers are much warmer than expected for the Mediterranean.
 
 
 
CLOTHING
 
• Walking boots and spare laces
• Trainers/ sandals
• Walking socks
• T-shirts
• Trekking trousers
• Short trousers
• Light fleece
• Thick fleece
• Thermal Baselayer shirt
• Waterproof jacket with hood
• Waterproof trousers
• Warm Gloves
• Sun Hat
• Warm Hat
 
FOREIGN EXCHANGE
ATM Availability: Most larger towns. Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Albania. You can also withdraw cash with your credit card, but (usually) not checkout in shops and restaurants. Make sure you, especially in the mountain villages, have enough cash to pay for your meals. Travellers Cheques: Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted in Albania, though you should take some as a back-up in case of emergencies. Local Currency: Albanian Lek. Recommended Currency for Exchange: Sterling, US Dollars and Euros cash is widely accepted in Exchange Shopps in major towns and cities. Most transactions in Albania are done on a strictly cash only basis using the Lek. Where to Exchange: Exchange offices in major towns and cities. Electric Supply & Plugs 2 Pin Round.
 
 
EQUIPMENT

Take a water bottle, a sun hat and suncream. A torch is useful in case of powercuts/emergencies. Camera. It is also important to bring the following: good waterproof, ankle-high hiking boots, warm clothing such as a fleectrui, light rain gear (waterproof jacket and pants) a daypack, headgear (cap). Sunglasses, sunburn, anti-mosquito repellent, walking sticks (if you like to walk along here) A sleeping bag, you do not have to bring on this trip.
• Daypack/rucksack (size approx. 35 litre capacity)
• 2 Large water bottles (1 litre each)
• Towel (essential)
• Torch
• Camera & accessories
• Binoculars (optional)
• A variety of dry bag/plastic bags
• Sunglasses
• Trekking poles (highly recommended)
• Washing/Shaving kit
• Insect Repellent
• Small personal First Aid kit
• Anti-Bacterial Handwash
• Sun Cream & lip salve
 
FOOTWEAR

Comfortable shoes or sandals for visiting the sites and towns. Clothing We advise you to wear layers of clothing that can be easy on and off in case of change of the weather. Weather is changeable in the mountains and it can be cool, especially at night, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A raincoat is essential at all times in case of the odd shower. You should dress with respect in the rural villages so bring some long trousers. Don't forget your swimming costume.
 
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
One main piece of baggage and a daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don’t overload yourself. Please bear in mind there are lots of stairs in Albania and no portarage in the hotels. We advise you to bring your luggage in a flexible backpack, gym bag or a suitcase with a soft top. In connection with the limited luggage we ask you not to take hard suitcase. Take especially not bring too much, but limit you to what you really need. You are responsible for carrying your luggage to the property. Luggage 20kg Airlines are usually one piece of luggage up to 20 kilos. For domestic flights, some airlines apply a lower limit luggage. This is clearly stated in the "travel info" tab, under the heading flight. Please ensure the weight of your main baggage is restricted to 12kg-15kg. The following items can also be useful:
• Face wipes
• Moisturising cream
• Snacks/energy bars
• Padlock for your kitbag
• Small mirror
• Earplugs
• Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
• Travel adaptor These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!
• Penknife/small scissors
• Safety pins
• Small sewing/repair kit
• Nail clippers Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags.
 
MEDICATIONS
We recommend you to take a modest journey pharmacy. Consider including painkillers, disinfectants, sunburn (blisters) patches, anti-fever, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites and motion sickness. In addition, a tick and ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts, against dehydration) is recommended. Our tour guides are also a limited first-aid kit. Use your special medication, please bring enough and ask your pharmacist to prepare a travel document for you. Keep this document in your hand luggage.
 
PERSONALE FIRST AID KIT
Your tour leader will be first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit. However, we recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), sunburn cream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.
 
SAFETY AND ADVICE
The safety of customers and staff is at I.V.A always comes first. Through our contacts with agents and local authorities, we continuously monitor the safety situation at all our destinations. For current information on the security situation at your destination, please refer to the central government's website: travel advice.
 
EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS
Make no trackers at home! Make sure that at home always copies of both your itinerary if you have flight. We will send a list of the hotels we stay during the trip because this change sometimes and rooms are often booked under a different name. In case of emergency we are accessible for both travelers and at home 24 hours a day. Why not call the hotel but I.V.A. During office hours you can call us on +355696040640. Outside office hours, you will be redirected to our emergency service or you can directly call our emergency number: +355696040640 Tip: create a digital file to. Scan your passport, visa, e-tickets and other important documents and email it to yourself. So you have, in case of loss or theft while traveling, always copies of your important papers on hand.

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